Jewel-Osco®, BUSH’S® Beans and Feeding America® partner with Food Bank to help in the fight to end childhood hunger

They’ve partnered to donate 50,000 meals and thousands of cans of BUSH’S Beans to Northern Illinois Food Bank

GENEVA, Ill. (September 24, 2019) – Jewel-Osco®, BUSH’S® Beans and Feeding America® together are helping in the fight to end childhood hunger with a platform called Full Carts, Full Hearts.

Jewel-Osco is proud to support Feeding America by donating 50,000 meals this year and when a Jewel-Osco customer buys any* five cans of BUSH’S Beans until October 1st, 2019, a can of BUSH’S Beans will be donated to the Northern Illinois Food Bank.

“Jewel-Osco has enjoyed a long partnership with Northern Illinois Food Bank and Bush Brothers,” said Anthony Suggs, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Merchandising. “Working together allows us the opportunity to serve our communities by keeping our donations local.”

The Full Carts, Full Hearts program caught the attention of BUSH’S Beans spokes-dog Duke, who holds the Secret Family Recipe. Thanks in part to his Region Manager Katie Thomas, Duke is making a special appearance on October 3rd at the Northern Illinois Food Bank (273 Dearborn Court, Geneva, IL) for the Jewel-Osco check presentation and the BUSH’S Beans donation that includes thousands of cans of beans. Duke will also drop by Jewel-Osco headquarters (150 E Pierce, Itasca, IL) to personally thank them for their partnership and helping the community in the fight to end childhood hunger.

“Bush Brothers is a community that makes a difference by providing nourishing branded bean products,” said Katie Thomas, Region Manager for Bush Brothers. “Our strong customer partnership with Jewel-Osco has allowed us to develop programs like this where we can also meet our goal of responsible citizenship in our communities.”

Northern Illinois Food Bank is a proud member of Feeding America and partners with more than 900 feeding programs across 13 counties to serve neighbors facing food insecurity.

To celebrate the partnership, the Food Bank has BUSH’S Beans on display, along with signage for the Full Carts, Full Hearts promotion, in their main lobby leading into the volunteer food processing hall, where 24,000 volunteers donated more than 136,000 hours of time to helping feed hungry neighbors.

“We’re grateful for our continued partnership with Jewel-Osco and Bush Brothers, and thank them for their commitment to helping ensure we can provide every meal, every day, for every neighbor in Northern Illinois,” said Jennifer Nau, Director of Communications at Northern Illinois Food Bank. “Without the support of retail partners like Jewel and Bush Brothers, we simply wouldn’t be able to distribute more than 69 million meals annually to our families in need—what you do matters!”

*Mix or match includes BUSH’S Savory Beans, Variety Beans 15-16oz or Baked Beans 8.3oz purchased from 8/28/19 and 10/1/19.


About Northern Illinois Food Bank
Northern Illinois Food Bank – a proud member of Feeding America – is the source of nutritious food, innovative feeding programs, and hope for more than half a million people each year. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a goal of solving hunger in our 13-county service area, we rely on our generous donors, volunteers, and community partners – the local food pantries and feeding programs, food manufacturers and retailers, companies, foundations and individuals who join with us in our vision for no one to be hungry in Northern Illinois.

We invite you to join us through volunteering at one of our four centers (West Suburban Center in Geneva; North Suburban Center in Park City; Northwest Center in Rockford; South Suburban Center in Joliet), becoming a financial or food donor, and helping us spread the word about hunger in our community on Facebook and Twitter.

About BUSH’S Best
BUSH’S® is all about family, friends that feel like family, and a certain Secret Family Recipe. When you enjoy our beans (doesn’t matter if they’re baked beans, black beans, pinto beans, great northern beans … you get the picture), you can trust that they’re the very best. Because we wouldn’t serve your family anything less. Since we got our start over 100 years ago in Chestnut Hill, Tennessee, BUSH’S has always maintained that quality is the best policy. We pursue excellence and exceptional taste in our beans, sauces and everything we do. That’s why, from mouthwatering Baked Beans to satisfying bean recipes, you’re cooking up the best with BUSH’S BEST®.

About Jewel-Osco
Today, Jewel-Osco is a vital part of Albertsons Inc., a privately held grocery company that is proud to continue serving the Chicagoland area and beyond. In 2013, our parent company—AB Acquisition LLC—acquired Jewel-Osco from SUPERVALU. This transaction brought all Albertsons stores under singular ownership, and additionally expanded to include ACME Markets, Shaw’s and Star Markets to its growing roster of food and drug retailers. In 2015, the parent company doubled its store base through the completion of a merger with Safeway. At present, Jewel-Osco operates 187 stores throughout the Chicagoland area, Indiana and Iowa, part of a 2,200+ store operation employing over 265,000 people nationwide.

All our stores—no matter under which banner they operate—were founded on the philosophy of offering customers the products they want at a fair price, with lots of tender, loving care. We still open our doors every day today with that core value in mind—and because of it, we run really great stores.

About BAM
BAM (Brand Activation Maximizer) is connecting the dots and the creator of the Full Carts, Full Hearts platform. BAM is a dynamic agency with an impactful approach to shopper marketing combined with technological advancements and a unique digital platform, which enables the company’s sales force to execute scaled programs that are tailored to each retailers’ needs. BAM delivers a memorable interaction between brands and their target shoppers, a strong sales and merchandising platform for demonstrable volume and shared growth, and accountability for a return on each investment from every BAM program. Visit www.activatebam.com to find out how BAM connects CPG brands, retailers and events that deliver retailer enthusiasm and shopper engagement while achieving measurable results and driving awareness. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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